Work Area: Cartels

ECJ rejects national enforcer’s preliminary ruling referral

The European Court of Justice has dismissed the Spanish antitrust enforcer’s request for a preliminary ruling on the application of competition rules to collective bargaining agreements because the enforcer is not a “national court or tribunal”.

16 September 2020

South African tribunal rejects cartel complaint over lack of evidence

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has thrown out a cartel case against a frozen foods company because the country’s antitrust enforcer could not prove that its contract with a beef producer qualified as a market allocation agreement or had any impact on competition.

16 September 2020

Pakistan raids sugar association following enforcement criticism

Pakistan’s competition watchdog has raided the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association’s Lahore and Islamabad offices on suspicions of collusive conduct.

15 September 2020

Spain raids funeral insurers and service providers

Spain’s competition enforcer has raided businesses as part of a merger review for the first time, searching the offices of several companies in the funeral sector based on gun-jumping and collusion concerns.

14 September 2020

EU advocate general offers conservative view on bid-rigging time limits

A cartel formed to rig responses to a specific tender ends on the date that the winning bidder and the tendering company sign a contract, EU advocate general Giovanni Pitruzzella has said.

10 September 2020

General Court president outlines antitrust case challenges

Reforms at the EU’s General Court have halved the average length of cases, but it is still unrealistic to expect judges to rule on complex competition law issues in less than 24 months, the court’s president has said.

09 September 2020

EU advocate general lays out conditions for partial immunity

The European Court of Justice should reject Recylex’s claim that it was entitled to partial immunity from fines in the European Commission’s recycled batteries cartel decision because the company did not provide the enforcer with previously unknown facts, an EU advocate general has said.

03 September 2020

Former steel manager pleads guilty to obstruction in Australia

A former manager at a major steel manufacturer has pleaded guilty to obstructing a cartel investigation.

01 September 2020

Heir-location CEO requests probation after DOJ recommends incarceration

The former president of an heir location service has asked an Illinois federal court to reject the Department of Justice’s recommendation of a 13-month incarceration sentence for his role in a nine-year cartel.

28 August 2020

Russia issues first stock exchange cartel decision

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has concluded its first stock exchange cartel case, finding that the two largest national fuel traders coordinated prices for trading oil products.

20 August 2020

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